We have many people ask what happens when 1702 is not operating, here is your answer!
An important step each month in the caring for a steam locomotive is a boiler wash. Having a regularly scheduled boiler wash ensures that a locomotive boiler is free from all corrosion and scaling, which if left uncleaned could over time deteriorate the boiler and lead to damage.
The first steps in a boiler wash are emptying the boiler and removing the brass washout plugs. High-pressure water is then sprayed through special tools to clean the interior of the boiler and smokebox. It is not a clean job, but our steam guys love taking care of 1702.
A new tool box was added to the front of the tender last week, this will help with in-cab-maintenance/repairs while the locomotive is in motion. 1702 is scheduled to run the Tuckasegee River Excursion on July 6th, come take a ride or stop by and say hello!
Check out the steam schedule by clicking HERE!